This fact sheet is for men with advanced prostate cancer who would like to know more about treatment with radiotherapy to help relieve symptoms. This is called palliative radiotherapy. Palliative radiotherapy does not aim to get rid of your cancer but it can help to slow down its growth.

Last updated: June 2015
To be reviewed: June 2017

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